If you don’t smoke, you drink alcohol in moderation and you are careful with your use of chemicals around the home, you may think that you have reduced your risk of cancer significantly. However, what you may not realize is that some of the foods we eat daily are carcinogenic. Here are 16 of the worst offenders.
1. Non-organic fruit and vegetables
Although fresh produce is rich in antioxidants, many people do not appreciate that some of the pesticides used to spray fruit and vegetable crops are cancer-causing. There is certainly evidence to suggest that pesticide exposure increases the risk of tumors affecting the brain, breast and prostate as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Some pesticides are now banned for this very reason, but others with carcinogenic properties are still in use. The Environmental Working Group publishes a list of produce that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues, which this year highlighted that apples, strawberries, peaches, grapes, celery and spinach give you the largest dose of pesticides. If you only buy a small amount of organic produce, make sure you include the items mentioned above to protect your body cells from cancerous changes.